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Recall Alert: 2008-2009 Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3
Recall Alert: 2008-2009 Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3

Mazda has announced the recall of 103,300 model year 2008 and 2009 Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3 models to remedy a potentially defective windshield wiper motor ground circuit. During assembly of the vehicle, the windshield wiper motor ground may have been creased or bent. Over time, this can create...Read More»

2009 Pontiac Solstice
The Class Of 2009: A Lost Generation Of Cars

We’d like to believe the economy is getting better, even if it isn’t doing so at the pace we’d like to see. For automakers, 2008 was a bad year, but 2009 will go down as the year that auto sales fell off the cliff. It still isn't what analysts consider recovered: sales are...Read More»

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Biggest Loser? Mazda Wants Next Miata To Shed 720 Pounds

The original Mazda MX-5, like the British roadsters that inspired it, was a small car. Less than 156 inches long and under 66 inches wide, the first Miata had a curb weight of just 2,178 pounds. Drivers soon rediscovered the joys of a car with low weight and modest power; you couldn’t go very...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda6
New Mazda 6 Sedan Coming--Just Not From Michigan

Mazda has built mid-size sedans at their Flat Rock, Michigan, plant since 1987. In 1992, the plant became a joint venture between Ford and Mazda called AutoAlliance International, but the relationship between the automakers has since fallen on hard times. Rumors about Mazda selling their stake in...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda6
Mazda 6, Ford Mustang Plant Is Final Custody Issue In A Relatively Quiet Corporate Divorce

Ford built an automotive plant at Flat Rock, Michigan, in 1972; back then, the facility was the most advanced casting plant in the world. Labor troubles and decreasing demand for V-8 engines led Ford to shutter the plant in 1981, and the facility sat vacant for several years. Fast forward to 1987...Read More»

2011 Mazda MAZDA3 4-door Sedan Auto i Sport Angular Front Exterior View
2011 Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring: Quick Drive

All photos: Anne Proffit Driving the 2011 Mazda3 five-door Grand Touring was like visiting a favorite friend, as I once was owned by a Protege5, the car that started Mazda down the road to building great, hot little hatches. The 2011 Mazda3 hatch is all grown up, compared to my 2003 model. It has a...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
Third Row Seats: The 6 Smallest, Easiest-Parking Vehicles With Them

If you require seating for six or seven, you'll probably need a third row. But at the moment that you realize you need more than five seating positions, your entire range of vehicle possibilities becomes much more limited. Getting a third row often involves settling for a much larger vehicle that's...Read More»

Mazda Minagi concept
Mazda's New Compact Crossover To Be Called CX-5

In keeping with Mazda’s recent naming conventions for crossover vehicles, the manufacturer has confirmed that the replacement for the outgoing Mazda Tribute will be called the CX-5. Based on the Mazda Minagi concept shown at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the CX-5 will be the first...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Study: Americans Avoiding Japanese, Korean Autos In The Wake Of Earthquake, Tsunami

To say that things have been tough in Japan since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11 would be a gross understatement. With thousands of lives lost, homes destroyed, families separated, and up to 150,000 living in shelters, it seems almost crass to talk about the effect on business. But...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda6
Recall Watch: 2010 Mazda Mazda6

Roughly 52,000 2010 Mazda 6s are being voluntarily recalled by Mazda. Only Mazda 6s built on or before February 8, 2010 are affected by the recall. Apparently spiders can get into the evaporative canister vent line and weave a web. This web has the potential to create a restriction in the line and...Read More»

Vince and Larry, the crash-test dummies
The 6 Things To Know About Star Safety Ratings

While you might be perfectly happy with a two-star hotel or restaurant choice, you shouldn't ever settle for anything but five stars in a vehicle. As before, you'll find federal star ratings printed on the window sticker of all new vehicles. But this year, they're different. The National Highway...Read More»

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Twelve Hot Convertibles For Summer

Forget about the iffy weather plaguing the country now. Sure, it may be snowing in the northeast and flooding in the Rockies, but spring is already here and summer’s on the way. Maybe it’s time to think about open-air driving -- if a convertible is in the cards for an extra family...Read More»

2011 Mazda3
2011 Mazda3 Named An IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just tested the Mazda3 for roof strength, and whether you choose the hatchback or the sedan, this small-car model achieves a top 'good' rating from the insurance-industry-supported safety agency. And, it's now a Top Safety Pick. In hatchback...Read More»

2011 Mazda MAZDA2 Touring
2011 Mazda Mazda2: Driven

The 2011 Mazda Mazda2 is uncomplicated; and that's quite nice. While vehicles like the MINI Cooper or the Ford Fiesta can feel a bit overwrought or even gimmicky for some tastes, especially inside, it feels like Mazda has intentionally gone for a simpler—yet sporty—look and feel for its...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz adaptive high beam headlights
HID Headlamps: Brighter, But Failing To Shine In The Mass Market

For some, the blueish, whitish beams of xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps are bothersome—or even blinding. But for most of us who have driven vehicles with them, it's hard to argue with their significantly improved visibility. That opening line sounds, unfortunately, like it...Read More»

2011 Lexus CT 200h
J.D. Power: Lexus, MINI Dealerships Lead In Customer Satisfaction

Lexus and MINI are among the brands with the best dealership service. That's according to the J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 U.S. Customer Service Index (CSI) Study—the big annual study that gauges multiple aspects of dealership service after the sale. Overall, Lexus ranked at the top among...Read More»

Yellow sac spider. Photo by Richard Bartz.
Spider Problems: Hyundai, Honda Models Also Caught In The Web

It turns out spiders don't just have a preference for newer Mazdas. They like newer Honda and Hyundai models, too, and potentially a host of other vehicles. What we first saw last week seemed like a carefully crafted April Fool's joke: A certain type of spider, the yellow sac, might crawl in...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
No Temperature Gauge? Say It Isn't So!

Disappointment is the word that describes my reaction to reading at The Car Connection that there is a trend afloat to reduce the use of coolant temperature gauges. The article dealt specifically with Mazda's decision to use a cold light in the new 2012 Mazda5. I don't take issue with the idea of...Read More»

Yellow sac spider. Photo by Richard Bartz.
Spider Infestation Problems Lead To Mazda Recall

The Mazda6 is an undoubtedly good sedan. It's a perfect family vehicle for those that don't need the size or fuel costs of an SUV or crossover. But it's not so great if you have an arachnophobe in the family--a problem with a specific spider species infesting part of the fuel system has prompted a...Read More»

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